When I was first putting together Iard Fach – in a scenic sense – I had a tight deadline to work to so I wanted simple and quick placeholder buildings. These were ‘knocked together’ in a rush from various kit bits that I was given by my father. He had them stored in his garage after being given them by a member of his garden railway club.
I was initially happy with what I had achieved for the layout, but the idea has always been to improve on the foundation I had built and further develop the board until I felt it was more up-to-standard – with my previous post I show the beginning of this with a new building built from blocks of card. This holds a new challenge for me in scratch building 4mm scale buildings, and also consumes more time than my previous efforts, but I feel the effect is more than worth the time invested into the project. The roof tiles are watercolour paper cut into strips and sliced at 5mm intervals, once glued down I tease the edges of some tiles apart to get some variety from the tiles but also add a bit of texture and depth to the little structure. Below you can see the completed structure – awaiting paint and the addition of a lean-to which will be built from plasticard and card – then house some junk to add character. I’m tempted to also drape a tarpaulin off the roof too, we’ll see.
Now, from the smallest structure on the layout, to the largest…the new engine shed. This card carcass will be clad with a card block (stone) base, then timber at the top – I feel the mix of materials will work well and add to the railways rustic shoe-string-budget atmosphere and give a point of interest on the station side of the layout. I think the hardest part of the build will be decorating and detailing the interior, but we’ll see what can be done there. Hopefully the next update will show this building in a progressed state.
Many thanks for reading – see you in the next update.